Agenda and minutes
- Attendance details
- Agenda frontsheet PDF 39 KB
- Agenda reports pack
- Supplement 1 - Herefordshire Response to the Agencies Proposals on Governance v1 PDF 284 KB
- Supplement 2 - Governance June 2023 v3 PDF 336 KB
- Supplement 3 - NMB 12 July - Public Questions and responses PDF 644 KB
- Printed minutes PDF 204 KB
Contact: Simon Cann
Welcome and apologies
Voting Members present
Councillor Elissa Swinglehurst Herefordshire Council
Merry Albright (MA) Herefordshire Construction Industry Lobby
Mark Averill (MA) Herefordshire Council
Cllr Jackie Charlton Powys Council
Helen Dale Countryside Landowners Association
Simon Evans The Wye and Usk Foundation
Jenny Grubb Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
Georgie Hyde National Farmers Union
David Lee (DL) Natural Resources Wales (for Ann Weedy)
Clare Dinnis Environment Agency (for Martin Quine)
Claire Minett Natural England
Councillor Sid Phelps (SP) Forest of Dean District Council
Martin Williams (MW) Farm Herefordshire
Jamie Audsley Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Tom Johnstone Bannau Brycheiniog (not mandated to vote)
Changes to membership
To agree and record any changes to the Nutrient Management Board membership.
Jennifer Grubb has taken over from Fergus O’Brien as a member of the board, representing D?r Cymru/Welsh Water.
Approval of the minutes and updates on actions and recommendations from the meeting of 21 December 2022.
Led by: Chair
i. A discussion on whether Welsh Water investment program funding could be used not only for river improvement and pollution reduction but also for phosphate mitigation. Hayley Fleming from Natural England noted that this discussion is still pending. Hayley Fleming and TAG were tasked with updating the plan, with this being discussed in Item 5 of the agenda.
To provide the opportunity for members of the public to ask questions of the statutory partners.
HOW TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS: The deadline for the submission of questions for this meeting is 9.30 am on Friday 7 July 2023. Questions must be submitted to NutrientManagementBoard@herefordshire.gov.uk. Questions sent to any other address may not be accepted. Accepted questions and the responses will be published as a supplement to the agenda papers prior to the meeting.
Supplementary questions can be submitted via email to NutrientManagementBoard@herefordshire.gov.uk by 08:30 am on 12 July. A supplementary question must arise directly out of the original question or the reply given. The chairperson may, at their discretion, allow you to put one supplementary question to the board during the meeting (if you are attending in person).
Led by: All
Responses were taken as tabled the following:
1. It was asked how the TAG or NMB were going to raise the resourcing and commitment to the various working groups.
a. It was noted that this would form part of a wider governance discussion which was on the agenda.
The response from Monmouthshire is as follows: phosphorous sensitive Special Area of Conservation (SAC) catchment area (like the Wye) in accordance with the latest guidance available from NRW. NRW's current advice can be found here:
Planning applications for development, including intensive poultry units, which are not 'screened out' against the above NRW guidance will be subject to an Appropriate Assessment so that the phosphorous impact of a proposed development on water quality can be considered. The guidance requires development proposals to demonstrate neutrality or betterment in terms of phosphate levels. If adverse effects on the integrity of the SAC from the proposal cannot be ruled out through the Appropriate Assessment process (taking into account any proposed mitigation measures) then this ... view the full minutes text for item 46.
To receive updates on activity from Nutrient Management Board members (papers to follow where applicable):
- SOS Visit and Update on Defra Group
- Natural England
- Informal NMB meeting of 26 April 2023
- Nutrient Management Plan Revision
- Environment Agency
Led by: All
NOTE: Motion from the agencies to go into closed session
To consider the governance, structure and next steps for the Nutrient Management Board.
Led by: All
For the Board to discuss any other business.
Date of next meeting
11 October 2023, 2-4pm